Fourth of July 2017

We got to head up to Maine for the Fourth, which was such a treat. At 38 weeks pregnant, we weren't sure if we were going to be able to make it, but my doctor gave us the go-ahead. So, we eagerly jumped in the car with our hospital bag packed and headed up to Maine. Per usual, we had a full house and had an absolute blast. Here's a photo recap of our long weekend :)
 We drove up Thursday and managed to stop off at the outlets on our way up. We had a fun BBQ dinner out and then of course headed to Red's. On Friday, we managed to head to OrangeTheory and did all of our grocery shopping for the weekend and then spent the afternoon walking the beach.
 Me with our not so little peanut!
 Friday night was taco night so I made our favorite, corn skillet dip for an app, which was a huge hit. i doubled the recipe and it was devoured in a matter of minutes.
 Taco bar
 The big highlight for the weekend was Red's had Maxwell's strawberry ice cream, which was amazing and only lasted for a few days :)
 The gang really wanted lobster rolls, so we headed there for an afternoon snack.
 Portland Headlight peaking out
 We then headed to Maxwell's Farm for strawberry picking.
 Tyler and Michael were in charge of one box and the girls were in charge of the other.
 Michael with our bounty

 The group
 We came home with 18 pounds of fresh strawberries, which were absolutely heavenly!
 We had our lobster bake Saturday night so I made some quick an easy apps for the group. Above were mini chicken and waffle sliders.
 And I made mini brie with onion marmalade and puff pastry bites
 Prom pick of Josh and Kaitlin
 We of course had to take some Owen's shots

 Cousins
 Allison and me
 The lobster was so, so good.
 Josh instructing his buddies on how to eat a lobster.
 Sunday morning, I baked strawberry and cream biscuits with our freshly picked strawberries and dutch baby....so delicious!
 Josh's buddy, Nick, is an artist in Charleston and decided to paint us a lobster mural in our basement. It came out SO AMAZING (see below)!
 Sunday afternoon, we headed to Peak's Island for some reggae.
 Kaitlin and Josh
 The gang
 Tyler and me
Lauren and Kaitlin
 For Sunday night dinner, I brought up a ton of Raffetto's and made garlic bread, caprese salad and a caesar salad. Super easy and quite tasty.
 On Monday, we headed to my aunt and Uncle's place (they weren't there as they were meeting their new grandson in Austin) for a day at the beach. 
 It was a spectacular day!
 We then headed over to the Twolights for an afternoon snack.
 The fried clams are my favorite :)
 Here's the mural in progress
 Our friends, Nick and Emma were in town, so we organized a dinner at Boone's. It was a gorgeous night and we got to eat outside.
 Tyler, Nick, and Emma at Porthole after dinner
 On Tuesday, the boys got all of our 10 bikes up and running (except for 2) so we could use them to ride to the fireworks.
 We snuck down to 158 to grab brunch before spending the afternoon at home
 We grilled at home and enjoyed lobster for the 4th. I found this awesome dress at H&M and of course just had to get it :)
 All ready for dinner!
 Lots of lobster
 537 Sawyer biker gang
 Waiting for the fireworks
 Crystal clear night
 I made strawberry shortcake for dessert post-fireworks
We enjoyed a nice fire before heading to bed. We woke up at 5:45am and got on the road early to miss the traffic.
Here's the completed mural in the basement...soooo cool!

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